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book: X (2015) by Sue Grafton

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 8, 2019

It’s 1989 and series PI Kinsey Millhone works on three cases alongside each other, all of them pro bono, and in so doing discovers that an opinion she’s held about someone for years was in fact misplaced. The most significant of the three cases concerns a man who has obviously behaved a read more

Don’t Answer the Phone! (1980)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 7, 2019

US / 95 minutes / color / Hammer–Castle, Scorpion, Crown International Dir: Robert Hammer Pr & Scr: Robert Hammer, Michael D. Castle Story: Nightline (seemingly unpublished) by Michael Curtis Cine: James Carter Cast: Flo Gerrish (i.e., Flo Lawrence), James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Nicholas Worth read more

book: The Little Stranger (2009) by Sarah Waters

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 5, 2019

A few years ago I read Waters’s The Paying Guests and, while I was in many ways impressed, I didn’t actually love the book. It was beautifully written but didn’t seem to me to deliver what it should for a novel of such prodigious length. Waters, I thought, was an author I ought to read more

The Stick Up (1977)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 4, 2019

US / 101 minutes / color / Backstage Productions, Trident–Barber Dir & Scr: Jeffrey Bloom Pr: George Pappas, Arnon Milchan (uncredited) Cine: Michael Reed Cast: David Soul, Pamela McMyler, Johnny Wade, Michael Balfour, Tony Melody, Norman Jones, Gordon Gostelow, Connie Vascott, David King, Lesli read more

Blue Ruin (2013)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 30, 2019

US, France / 90 minutes / color / filmscience, Neighborhood Watch, Lab of Madness, Paradise City, memento, RADiUS-TWC Dir & Scr & Cine: Jeremy Saulnier Pr: Anish Savjani, Richard Peete, Vincent Savino Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson read more

book: Patrick Butler for the Defence (1956) by John Dickson Carr

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 30, 2019

I was reading one of Curtis Evans’s excellently illuminating essays at The Passing Tramp the other day and noticed that he dismissed Patrick Butler for the Defence as among Carr’s relatively few stinkers: Carr returned to the present with regrettable results. He brings back the odious P read more

book: Stinker from Space (1988) by Pamela F. Service

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 28, 2019

Yes, it was of course the title that grabbed me. I’ve read and enjoyed some of Service’s work before — although long enough ago that I now can’t remember any details — but when I recently saw this one for sale I simply had to have it. The story’s pretty simple. T read more

book: Easter Island (2003) by Jennifer Vanderbes

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 27, 2019

A beautifully written and genuinely fascinating novel that loosely interweaves two stories, set in different time periods, of women scientists coming to Easter Island, one of the most remote spots on the planet, and there managing to overcome the sexist prejudices of their day and establish themsel read more

Blackhat (2015)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 27, 2019

US / 133 minutes / color / Legendary, Forward Pass, Universal Dir: Michael Mann Pr: Thomas Tull, Michael Mann, Jon Jashni Scr: Morgan Davis Foehl Cine: Stuart Dryburgh Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tang Wei, Viola Davis, Ritchie Coster, Holt McCallany, John Ortiz, Yorick van Wageningen, Wang Leehom, Christ read more

book: Crimson Lake (2017) by Candice Fox

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 24, 2019

Less than a year ago, Sydney cop Ted Conkaffey was, because of a mass of circumstantial evidence, convicted in the court of public opinion of the brutal rape of a thirteen-year-old, even though the legal case against him collapsed for lack of any clear indication of his guilt. Hoping to try to buil read more

Her Infidelity (2015 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 23, 2019

Canada / 88 minutes / color / Johnson Production Group, Drie Productions, Lifetime Dir: Christie Will Pr: Oliver De Caigny Scr: Christie Will, Alan Donahue Cine: Anthony Metchie Cast: Rachel Hunter, Clayton Chitty, Miranda Frigon, Carter Evancic, Chelan Simmons, Lane Edwards, Loretta Walsh, Christin read more

book: You Should Have Left (2016; trans 2017 Ross Benjamin) by Daniel Kehlmann

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 23, 2019

A screenwriter rents a house somewhere on the edge of the Alps so that his actress wife and their four-year-old daughter can have something of a vacation while he gets his teeth into his latest screenplay — the sequel to his last movie, a phenomenally successful piece of fluff called Besties. read more

book: An Unwanted Guest (2018) by Shari Lapena

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 21, 2019

I recently read Lucy Foley’s The Hunting Party, about a group of privileged guests snowed in on a Scottish estate when murder strikes, and had (genuinely) mixed feelings about it: a lot that I liked but also quite a lot about which I was dubious. Someone (I’ve no idea who) suggested tha read more

Pali Road (2015)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 20, 2019

vt Xia Wei Yi Zhi Lian US, China / 95 minutes / color / Crimson Forest, Cuixing, China Film Assist, Dadi, Island Dir: Jonathan Lim Pr: Daxing Chang, Cathy Lee, Kenneth Burke, Jonathan Lim Scr: Doc Pedrolie, Victoria Arch Cine: Quyen Tran Cast: Michelle Chen, Jackson Rathbone, Sung Kang, Henry Ian Cu read more

book: Pursuit (2019) by Joyce Carol Oates

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 19, 2019

The family-less, agnostic Abby marries Willem despite his deeply Christian family and his own religiosity. The morning after the wedding, before the marriage has even been consummated, Abby steps under a bus on her way to work. Was is it an attempted suicide or an accident brought about by her dist read more

book: The Big Bow Mystery (1891) by Israel Zangwill

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 19, 2019

Published initially as a newspaper serial in 1891, The Big Bow Mystery is generally regarded as the first locked-room mystery novel. (It’s retitled in some editions The Perfect Crime to match the title of the 1928 movie based on the book, the first screen adaptation of three.) No one can beli read more

book: Van Gogh’s Bad Café (1997) by Frederic Tuten

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 16, 2019

An odd little book that somehow I found myself liking while at the same time not enjoying it very much at all. One day at the end of the twentieth century, while rambling in Alphabet City, NYC, our narrator meets a mysterious young Frenchwoman, dressed in archaic garb, who steps out of a crevice in read more

Eddie’s Place (1955 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 16, 2019

US / 25 minutes / bw / Four Star Productions, CBS Dir & Pr: Roy Kellino Scr: Willard Wiener, Herbert A. Spiro Story: A.E. Houghton Jr (i.e., Buck Houghton) Cine: George E. Diskant Cast: Ida Lupino, William Talman, Kathryn Card, Louis Jean Heydt, Glen Gordon. This was episode #24 of the third se read more

book: The Hunting Party (2019) by Lucy Foley

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 14, 2019

A bunch of old Oxford University friends get together every year for a New Year’s holiday, and this time they’ve come to a remote Scottish estate for the celebrations. However, early on New Year’s Day one of them goes missing, and the next day the murdered corpse is found by the e read more

Johnny Cool (1963)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Nov 12, 2019

US / 104 minutes / bw / Chrislaw, United Artists Dir & Pr: William Asher Scr: Joseph Landon Story: The Kingdom of Johnny Cool (1959) by John McPartland Cine: Sam Leavitt Cast: Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Anderson, Jim Backus, Joey Bishop, Brad Dexter, Wanda Hendrix, Hank Henry, Ma read more